Roadshow Films’ attempt to lower Hellboy‘s R 18+ rating in Australia hasn’t worked.
Australia’s Classification Board gave the new Hellboy movie an R 18+ rating, which is the highest rating allowed for a theatrical release. Understandably, Roadshow Films decided to appeal the restrictive rating, which can severely limit ticket sales, and applied for a review. The Review Board returned the same result.
In a media release, the Classification Review Board stated that they had “unanimously determined that the film, Hellboy, is classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice ‘High impact violence, blood and gore’.”
The board found the film to be ultra violent in the extreme, pointing out their view that the impact of the carnage isn’t lessened with the fact that it’s delivered in a fantasy context.
“It is the view of the Classification Review Board that the fantasy context does not mitigate the cumulative impact of the violence on a more vulnerable audience,” reads the statement. “Films classified R 18+ are legally restricted to adults.”
In the US, Hellboy has been rated R for “strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language.” An R in the US means those under the age of 17 can only see it accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
Hellboy, starring Stranger Things actor David Harbour in the lead, as well as Milla Jovovich and Ian McShane, opens in Australia on April 11 and hits the US on April 12.